Alumni Spotlight: David Daniel
What are you doing now?
I'm an admissions officer at GU-Q.
How long did it take you to find your first job? How did you stay motivated?
I immediately found paid temporary work, and I've been lucky not to have spent any time unemployed to date. I was working monthly contracts until about three months after I graduated. I found longer term (six month) employment at that point. Ultimately, I appreciated that work, and it helped me stay motivated because I wasn't as overwhelmed by logistical concerns. It definitely was good to have some sort of employment/semi-stable income to cover the big expenses of life post-graduation. Also, I felt like being in motion and working helped me continue to stay in motion. In some ways, it was a hard time, and it definitely was a struggle to continue to stay motivated, but it gave me flexibility to continue to network, search, and find the right job. It also provided me more experience which helped strengthen my resume. I found my first non-short term contract job about eight months post-graduation. I've been working there since.
Looking back, what were some of your “takeaways” from your GU-Q experience?
I feel like I appreciated the attitude towards others/my surroundings that Georgetown gave me. Sometimes the workplace and all the professional relationships entailed can be complicated to navigate. I feel like Georgetown taught me to value other people's thoughts, views, and ideas. Ultimately, I'm a better, stronger employee and person because of what I'm able to learn from others. Also, in my job, I have to think on my feet. Being able to think critically is a very important part of my job, and I definitely developed that ability in my time as a student.
What advice would you give to current undergraduates who may want to follow in your footsteps?
Be humble and be modest, but be confident. Don't oversell yourself, but don't undersell yourself either. Be willing to put forth your best effort and contribute, but also be willing to be corrected and to learn. Also, do your best to keep moving, even if you can't find your ideal job right away. Having temporary work can help strengthen your skills and your resume, and it also helps you build relationships which can be critical to helping you find a job/career.
What are some of your proudest achievements so far? Future plans?
I frequently reflect on the work that I do and can see the ways I've learned and grown post-graduation. It's nice to be able to look at what I'm doing and think "I couldn't have done this a few years ago." I'd eventually like to go to grad school. For the moment, I enjoy my current job, and there are still ways I can grow and excel in it.